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Technology Meets Art, Dream Brings a Bright Future

The Fourth "Dell Powering the Possible" Project Hope - China Youth 21st Century Skill Competition Kicked off in Beijing.

At 10:00am on August 21, 2015, the annual "Dell Powering the Possible" Hope Project - China Youth 21st Century Skill Competition kicked off at Tsinghua University. Themed with "technology combines with art", the competition attracted more than 150 children of migrant workers and teachers and students of rural school from all 24 provinces and autonomous regions to gather in Beijing. The completion consists of three parts, namely "Scratch Programming Competition ","Research Report Presentation" and "Micro Film Competition", which last for two days. Dr. Huang Chenhong, President of Dell Greater China, and Yang Xiaoyu, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of China Youth Development Foundation, attended the opening ceremony of the competition, and delivered speeches to the students and teachers.

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"Dell Powering the Possible" Hope Project - China Youth 21st Century Skills Competition is the first 21st century skills training program oriented to children of migrant workers, aiming to provide a free platform docking the world’s advanced education for children from rural areas and under-developed communities to help them obtain the 21st century skills necessary to their life and career. Themed with "Technology meets Art", the competition requires participated students to combine community research and their own understanding of art and beauty, design and produce Scratch games or interactive animations through using Scratch software, video imaging device and other technical carriers. In this way, they show scientific and technological knowledge over the past year, as well as teamwork, critical issues and other 21st century skills.

Dr. Huang Chenhong, President of Dell Greater China, said: "With the advent of 'Internet+' era, technological development has a profound impact on social life and every adolescent's present and future. As a technology company rooted in China, Dell believes that integration of computer technology and education is the key to more effectively stimulating imagination and creativity of young people. By working with China Youth Development Foundation, Dell continues to provide advanced hardware, software and trainings for students and teachers from underserved communities, effectively complementary to national compulsory education. We consistently support China's education on science and technology and help every child realize their dreams."

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Yang Xiaoyu, Executive Vice Secretary-General of China Youth Development Foundation, said: "We are committed to helping young people enhance capabilities and improve the environment for their growth. And we are grateful to companies like Dell who has social responsibility for its support and companionship, allowing us to explore crossover collaboration just like innovations as a result of technology meeting art. Public welfare organizations can work with businesses to create shared value, promote fair education and educational innovation and help children of farmers better face the challenges brought by social changes and development."

With the rapid urbanization in China, education of children of migrant workers and the left-behind children has become more prominent. Education sector, charitable institutions, enterprises and the whole society should attach great importance to a series of problems, such as: how to provide them with the educational environment suitable for the era and how to narrow the education gap due to regional difference.

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To help young people from underdeveloped communities face this challenge, Dell has worked with the China Youth Development Foundation since 2005, in order to promote digital technology’s application in education by donating hardware and organizing Dell Learning Center and a series of projects and activities. In 2009, Dell launched "Dell Powering the Possible" youth education charity project in China, and worked with China Youth Development Foundation to successfully implement a two-year robot programming curriculum in 20 primary and middle schools in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, the project was upgraded to "China youth 21st century skills training" which has been held four times. The project has donated and established more than 100 Dell Learning Centers for more than schools for children of migrant works in 20 provinces and cities, surrounding rural schools, and primary and middle schools in Sichuan, Yunnan and earthquake-stricken areas, and established and conducted computer skills trainings for the migrant workers and the left-behind children through "Dell Learning Center", to help them better learn and apply computer knowledge. Currently, more than 100,000 students have benefited from the project directly and indirectly.
 
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